Sunday, 20 November 2011
Master List taking shape
I have been doing some serious work on compiling my sprint Master List for for 2012 over the last few weeks and numerous horses have caught my eye, I am now in the process of cutting this list down to about 30 horses to follow and hopefully I will have the list posted at the begining of January if not before.
I will also shortly be posting up some selections for the All Weather sprints to keep us going through the dark months ahead and hopefully to make some money for some winter cheer. Looking ahead this week we have Where's Reilly (6-14 at Southwell), Dorback (unexposed) and Take Cover (2-2 at Southwell) on Tuesday, Numeral, easy winner at Kempton last time on Thursday and Oldjoesaid on Friday at Woverhampton, if he gets the essential low draw.
Yesterday's big event for racing was Kauto Star winning at Haydock, and what a spectacle it was. The big northern crowd certainly gave him a rousing welcome and also a reception to long remember when he and his connections came back to the winners enclosure. It was truly jump racing at its heart pounding best and probably the best advert we have had for the sport for ages.
I was little dissapointed however in Alastair Down's comments in today's Racing Post in which he praised Kauto Star with his usual enthusiasm for superlatives before slagging off the local area by saying it was "A staying chase run next to a motorway in an unlovely neck of the Lancashire woods", quite why he has to put this in his article is beyond me, I personally havent been to Cheltenham Racecourse for a while but isnt that next to the M5 ? Also remembering back to the Red Marauders Grand National win a few years ago I seem to recall a certain reporter stating the following day on the front page of the Racing Post that the Grand National should be banned and maybe its reporting like that in the past which has helped to provide the anti racing fraternity with the ammunition they needed to get us to where we are today.
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